Quilt Pattern Designer: Laura Estes
Laura Estes has been an avid quilter since the early 1980’s. Because she couldn’t always find what she wanted in appliqué’ patterns, she began designing her own quilts. One thing led to another and Laura’s Sage Country Quilts became an official business in 1994. In 1997, a line of quilting stencils produced by Quilting Creations International was under way.
Laura’s line of patterns and quilting stencils are marketed worldwide. Most of the designs are for appliqué. Gardens, flowers, hearts and cats play starring roles in most of the designs. Doodle art form high school days and a German heritage class also influence her design choices.
Laura enjoys teaching quilting skills and speaking on the subject of creating heirloom quilts. She takes great pleasure in seeing students progress in their quilting knowledge and ability, creating quits uniquely their own.
Laura and her husband Pat live in Odessa, WA, located in the semi-arid desert area of Eastern Washington. Scabrock sage brush and deer are close at hand. One glossy black cat named Black Jack (B.J.) orders their life.
When not quilting, Laura writes a recipe column for the Odessa Record, titled “Welcome to My Kitchen.” She enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, singing, crossword puzzles and spending time with Pat and B.J.